FY 2018 Sauk-Suiattle Fish Enforcement

Salmonid Hatcheries and Harvest Management

Harvest Management
Project ID18-SSIT-02
Recovery DomainsPuget Sound
Start Date07/01/2021
End Date06/30/2022
Last Edited04/14/2022
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The proposed project provides funding for the fisheries component for an enforcement officer employed by the Sauk Suiattle Indian Tribe’s (SSIT’s) Police Department. The project provides protection of all salmonids within the Skagit River watershed with a focus on compliance with tribal and state fishing regulations. A secondary focus of this project is to maintain an enforcement presence in this area with vigilance for illegal land use actions that can adversely affect salmonids and their habitats. An additional third task is to catalog illegal dumping sites during patrols.

September 2020 reporting indicates project to be implemented in calendar year 2021.

Project Benefit    

The project will reduce impacts to all salmonids within the Skagit River basin by reducing the incidence of poaching. The Skagit Chinook Recovery Plan (SCRP) identifies poaching as a limiting factor to Chinook abundance. Illegal take may account for 10% or more of the Chinook escapement in the Skagit basin depending on the stock. The restoration action specified in the SCRP calls for increasing the presence of enforcement officers either by adding to existing staff or through improved coordination with other agencies. There is a long history of poaching (of all types) in this area. SSIT Fish Enforcement presence will reduce the potential for poaching while increasing the potential for detecting and reporting poaching incidents to the proper authorities. In addition, enforcement presence during tribal fisheries meets co-manager obligations.

The fish enforcement officer will catalog illegal land use activities and illegal dump sites that may impair river and riparian habitat function that support these stocks. Examples of the types of land use activities likely to be detected include illegal grading, stream bank armoring, timber harvest, and dumping. By identifying these illegal activity sites, agencies with jurisdiction can be contacted to implement corrective actions. The addition of SSIT Fish Enforcement personnel in this area is a great boost to Washington Department of Fish’s Habitat Protection and Enforcement programs which are currently underfunded and understaffed.


Metric Completed Originally

Funding Details

Report Total:$30,000

Project Map



  • Worksite Identifier: 45120776
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Location Information

  • Basin: Puget Sound
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  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Puget Sound
  • Latitude: 48.263572
  • Longitude: -121.64164


  • Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia Coho Salmon ESU
  • Puget Sound/Strait of Georgia Chum Salmon ESU
  • Puget Sound Steelhead DPS
  • Odd-year
  • Puget Sound Chinook Salmon ESU




  • D.0 Salmonid Hatcheries and Harvest ManagementY (Y/N)
    •      . . D.0.a Hatchery and harvest mgmt. funding .00
    •      . . D.0.b
      Complement habitat restoration project
    •      . . D.0.c
      Project Identified in a plan or watershed assessment.
    •      . . D.3 Harvest Management ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . D.3.a Harvest Management Funding
      •      . . . . D.3.e.1 EnforcementY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . D.3.e.2 Acres of land covered by enforcement